Portable Appliance Testing – PAT

Ensure Electrical Safety and Compliance: A Comprehensive Guide to Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for Beginners
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Created by Xpert Learning

What you'll learn

  • Identify and classify portable electrical equipment, distinguishing between Class I and Class II appliances.
  • Understand the legal requirements for workplaces using portable electrical equipment and perform risk assessments using the hierarchy of control.
  • Recognize the potential risks associated with portable electrical equipment and specific work environments, and implement appropriate safety measures.
  • Safely select, use, and inspect portable electrical equipment, including cables and plugs, by conducting pre-use checks, visual inspections, and combined visual
  • Determine suitable inspection and test frequencies, understand emergency procedures, and ensure compliance with relevant statutory provisions for Portable Appli
This course includes:
1 total hour on-demand video
0 articles
1 downloadable resources
7 lessons
Full lifetime access
Access on mobile and TV
Certificate of completion

Course content


  • There are no specific prerequisites for taking this course.
  • A basic understanding of electrical concepts and familiarity with workplace safety regulations would be beneficial. Additionally, access to portable electrical equipment for hands-on practice during the course would enhance the learning experience.
  • Portable Appliance Testing Training Course is designed to help you familiarise yourself with testing technical appliances, training you to know how to assess and minimise risks, carry out inspections and understand the safety procedures that need to be in place when using portable appliances at work.


According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury must be maintained to a safe state. Portable Appliance Testing is one method of ensuring the safety of electrical equipment.

This comprehensive PAT Testing course is aimed to offer learners with the skills necessary to carry out theoretical understanding of electrical equipment testing. The course covers the necessary standards, test kinds and test equipment, results, and results recording.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course will teach you how to test technical appliances: how to assess risks and manage them while conducting inspections. The course will familiarize you with safety protocols, how they work, and which ones must be followed when utilizing portable appliances.

Almost every office now has portable appliances. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) will show you how to conduct frequent maintenance to avoid the potential problems that can occur.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) can be performed by anyone working in low-risk locations such as offices and shops to ensure that workplace and health procedures are followed. There is no prior training required, and you may begin immediately. The course will teach you the strategies and techniques for doing the many types of PAT examinations.

Note: This course is not appropriate for employees who work in environments rated as greater than low risk. This includes schools, gymnasiums, and any industrial facility. While we provide accurate advice, the responsibility lies with the individual conducting appliance testing to apply these techniques safely and confidently.

The Portable Appliance Testing Training Course is intended to familiarize you with testing technical appliances, as well as teach you how to assess and minimize risks, conduct inspections, and understand the safety procedures that must be followed when using portable appliances at work.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in becoming trained in portable appliance testing
  • Electricians, technicians, and maintenance staff
  • Property owners, landlords, and business owners
  • Facilities managers and office maintenance staff
  • This course is not suitable for employees working in environments that are considered higher than low risk. This includes schools, gyms, and any industrial premises.
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